Best At-Home Earwax Removal? | WAX BLASTER MD Review

– In this video I continue my search
to help you find the best
way to remove your own earwax
by checking out the Wax
Blaster MD, comin’ up.
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Hi guys, Cliff Olson, doctor of audiology
and founder of Applied Hearing Solutions
in Phoenix, Arizona, and on this channel
I cover a bunch of
hearing-related information
to help make you a
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I receive a ton of negative
feedback from my channel viewers
because I only recommend
professional earwax removal.
After all, it is the safest
and most effective way
to have your earwax removed.
However, I also understand the concern
that not everybody may be able to afford
professional earwax extraction
on a regular or periodic basis
from an audiologist or an ENT,
so I’m in search of the best way for you
to safely and effectively
remove your own earwax
without having to pay
money to a person like me
to do it for you.
Now, I should preface this video by saying
removing earwax on your own
can be extremely dangerous.
Now, I know that the whole
purpose of this video
is so you don’t have to go in
and see a medical professional
to get your earwax
removed, but responsibly,
I have to recommend that you
go see a medical professional
before you do any type
of self-earwax removal.
I should also warn you that
if you have a perforation,
or hole, inside of your ear drum,
do not attempt earwax irrigation
because it will be the most extreme pain
that you have ever felt in your life
and you will hate yourself
for the rest of the day.
That being said, I’m
gonna see just how good
the Wax Blaster MD is
at removing earwax from your ear canal.
First, let’s start by
discussing the product.
The Wax Blaster MD is basically
a squirt bottle with a funky shape.
Now, Eosera, which happens
to be the same company
that makes Earwax MD,
which is the solution
that I prefer to put
inside of patients’ ears
to soften up their earwax,
but they say that this ergonomic
design is easier to hold.
And it’s not bad, but basically
it’s just a simple squirt bottle.
Now, the cool thing about this,
the thing that I actually
really like about it,
is that instead of giving you
one of those droopy nozzles
they actually give you a solid one.
And the cool thing about this
is that it makes it substantially easier
to operate this with one hand,
so you can literally stand
over the sink like this
and squirt the water inside of your ear
instead of having to use two hands
to hold that little floppy thing
that most of these
squirt bottles give you.
The other unique thing
that you might notice
about the Wax Blaster MD
is the unique tip on this.
Now, it shoots water straight
from the center here,
but it also has three
different holes in that tip
that allows the water to
flow out of your ear canal
so it doesn’t build up a ton of pressure
or kind of squirt all over the place.
It allows it to drain out
nicely into a little basin
that you will actually put
under your ear like this.
Unless, of course, you
prefer to just do this
over the sink or into the shower.
Then you can just let it run into the sink
or the shower instead.
Now, the whole concept of how
this thing would actually work
is you should actually
prep your ear first,
so if you have some
earwax in your ear canal
you should be using a product like Debrox
or Audiologist’s Choice
or the Earwax MD like
I showed you earlier.
And you wanna let that
sit inside of your ear
to really soften up your earwax
so that when you start to
shoot water inside of your ear
it comes out much easier.
All right, pro tip here:
only use warm water
whenever you’re going to
be irrigating your ears,
anywhere between 90 and
100 degrees Fahrenheit.
You do not want to use cold
water when you are doing this.
That will actually create dizziness
if you’re shooting that
water into your ears,
and that is caused by a
temperature difference
in one ear versus the other.
Of course, you also don’t
want to make the water too hot
because then you run the
risk of burning your ear.
All right, so to see just how effective
the Wax Blaster MD is, of
course I invited my good friend
and retired nurse practitioner Heather Wen
back to my office so we could see
if we could actually blast that
earwax out of her ear canal.
Now, you may remember Heather
from my ear candling video
or maybe even my ear endoscope video.
Heather’s great because every four months
she always has plenty of
earwax for me to remove.
Here is a before picture
of her right ear canal.
You can see the earwax forming a ring
just past the opening of the canal.
First, we applied Earwax
MD drops to her ear canal
and let it sit for
approximately 10 minutes
before performing irrigation.
After the 10 minutes were over
we started the irrigation
process with the Wax Blaster MD.
Heather actually reported
that the warm water
felt good inside of her ear
and was not painful in any way.
After a good 20 to 30
squirts it was time to check
and see how much earwax
actually came out of her ears.
Let’s go ahead and take
a look inside of her ear
to see how well it worked.
As you can see here, there
is almost no difference
in the before and after images
other than a color change
due to the hydration of her earwax.
Naturally, we decided to go another round
with the Earwax MD, this
time for 20 minutes,
followed by another irrigation
with the Wax Blaster MD.
Manipulating the tip of the Wax Blaster MD
to target the earwax
on the ear canal walls
was particularly easy
due to the solid extension that it has.
Following our second irrigation attempt,
this is what her ear canal looked like.
As you can see again,
the combination of Earwax
MD and the Wax Blaster MD
was no match for her earwax.
It did, however, make Heather’s earwax
very easy to professionally remove.
You can see how much earwax was left
inside of Heather’s ear
canal after two rounds
of Earwax MD and Wax Blaster MD.
On the left-hand side of the screen
you can see how clean
Heather’s ear canal got
after two rounds of Earwax
MD and Wax Blaster MD.
The right-hand side of the
screen shows the same ear canal
after professional earwax removal,
and this is ideally how clean
Heather’s ear canal should be
after performing self-earwax removal,
but obviously that just was not the case
with Wax Blaster MD.
Unfortunately the Wax Blaster MD
does not live up to its name.
It does not blast wax out of an ear canal.
With that being said, the
experiment wasn’t a complete waste
because I am absolutely
going to use this thing
when flushing out my patients’ ear canals
after using Earwax MD.
I’ll just have to make
sure that I manually remove
all of the earwax that’s left behind.
Ultimately, the search
continues for the best way
for you to remove your own earwax
because the Wax Blaster MD just isn’t it.
That’s it for this video.
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